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Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk is ready to think outside the box as he looks to get his side challenging for a play-off place, with a switch for striker Fernando Forestieri to left-wingback the latest he has tried , as he looks to break a run of five matches without a win.
Forestieri, 30, has only made 12 league appearances so far this season, chipping in with one goal and the experiment playing him out wide looked to have fallen short with Monk subbing the 30-year-old at half-time.
So is Monk right to shake it up and play Forestieri out of position?
“I’m really not sure about this one at all.
“Things have not been going well for the Owls, so I can understand Monk looking to change things up and trying to squeeze some more positivity into the side but this might be a step too far.
“Clearly, Forestieri is a talented player but I’m not sure he has the discipline to play at wing-back and this could be a move that ends up hindering them more than anything.
“Maybe I will be proved wrong but for me this move screams desperation.”
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“Utter madness and it screams desperation.
“Garry Monk has gone from this loved figure at Hillsborough to someone who has fans calling for his head. Personally, I don’t think that’s right as he’s working with what he’s got and has overachieved, but it is the simple fact.
“Forestieri has talent and if he’s fit and firing, he’s one of Monk’s starters, but that’s not been the case all season and Monk turning to him, in such an unfamiliar role, raised eyebrows and suggested he was just shoehorning him in trying to find a winning solution.
“The fact the plan was axed after only 45 minutes tells the whole story pretty much. I can’t see anymore square pegs in round holes this weekend.”
“I thought it was completely baffling. One of Wednesday’s most talented players going forward being operated more or less in the Owls’ defence.
“Monk was bold in his team selection and it wasn’t a surprise to see him shuffle the formation around to a three/five at the back, but Forestieri needs to play higher up the pitch.
“Wednesday suffered from a lack of control in midfield and virtually no spark up front, which could have been remedied by having someone far more creative playing in between the lines.
“Obviously if Morgan Fox was fully fit, then he would have played there, but there are surely players more suited to that role in his side other than someone who typically plays up front.”